Calendar of Events


   If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. 

 In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Holiday Calendar

Christmas Parades

Joplin, MO: December 1: Freeman Health System invites you to celebrate the holidays by joining the 46th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade at 6 pm! The parade route runs north on Main Street, starting at 15th Street and ending at 3rd Street. 417.347.4622.

Girard, KS: December 5: Christmas Parade in Girard, 6 pm, downtown Girard.

Pittsburg, KS: November 30: Drive-thru Christmas Parade in Pittsburg, 6:30 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

Neosho, MO: December 5: Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the 2020 Christmas parade at 5:30 pm. 417.451.1925.

Miami, OK: December 5: The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66 at 6 pm. 918.542.4481.

Vinita, OK: December 6: The Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Vinita. 7 pm.

Carthage, MO: December 7: Carthage’s Christmas Parade winds its way around the town’s historic square at 7 pm. 417.359.7026.

Lamar, MO: December 10: Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 pm. 417.682.3595.

Monett, MO: December 12: Santa Claus leads Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 11 am. 417.235.7919.

Nevada/Vernon County Annual Holiday Parade: December 4: 6 pm, Come enjoy a magical time around our historic Nevada Square. 417.667.5300.

Grove, OK: December 12: The streets of Grove come alive on this very special night at 6 pm! Celebrate your holidays by watching the lighted floats, bands and organizations all decked out for the Christmas season. For further information or an entry form, contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918.786.9079.

Holiday Events

Grove, OK

December 5 and Dec. 19 Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village, Har-Ber Village on Grand Lake. Experience snow every hour,  lights, Santa, reindeer, music, crafts, vendors, all within the historic Har-Ber Village Museum. See Facebook page for photos, tickets and details.

Carthage, MO

Through December 31: Way of Salvation Drive-Through Light Display, 6-10 pm, 1900 Grand Ave. Visit the beautiful mile-long drive-through light display in the heart of Carthage. Millions of lights seen from the comfort of your vehicle. Donations accepted. While you’re here, don’t miss the new and expanded light displays on the historic downtown square at 302 S Main. You’ll also find a walk-through light tunnel there.

December 7: A Downtown Christmas, 4 pm, historic Carthage square. Join us for a wonderland of lights and fun in downtown Carthage. Beginning at 4 pm, free pictures with Santa will be on the square, a light tunnel, food trucks, extended shopping hours with our downtown merchants and so much more! For more information, contact Abi Almandinger at Vision Carthage,, or Alex Hodkin at or 417.359.8181. The Christmas Parade will be at 7 pm. For more information about the parade, contact Mark Sponaugle at or 417.359.7026.

December 7: 9th Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar and Santa Workshop, 9 am-4 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Chestnut St. Craft booths, a Santa Workshop where you can make your own ornaments and crafts for a small fee. Booth space may be reserved by calling the church office Tuesday-Thursday 9 am-4 pm. Cost is $20 to reserve and will be refunded at the end of the day. Please reserve your 10 x 10 space by December 5. For more information, call the church at 417.358.2341.

Joplin, MO

December 3-6: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – The Musical, 1111 North Main Street. Performance times are still TBD. 417.626.1265.

Through December 24: Empire Market Holiday Market. The Empire Market always has the best local products, but during the holidays, you can get an extra dose with added artisan vendors. Come find those one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones! 

November 24-January 1: Holiday Tree Trail at Mercy Park, 3002 St. Johns Blvd. Joplin Parks and Recreation presents the first Holiday Tree Trail – a collection of Christmas trees decorated by area businesses and organizations, and displayed at Mercy Park. Gather your family and friends and admire this local winter wonderland! Park guests can also vote for their favorite tree before December 21. For a full list of dates and additional details, visit Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson,, 417.625.4750.

December 5: Holiday Movie & Refreshments, 5:30-8 pm, Mercy Park, 3002 St. Johns Blvd. Enjoy a classic holiday movie and some delicious refreshments at Mercy Park’s Holiday Tree Trail! More details to come. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson,, 417.625.4750.

December 12: Children’s Mini-Christmas Parade, Holiday Movie & Refreshments, 5:30-8 pm, Mercy Park, 3002 St. Johns Blvd. Get into the spirit of the holidays with a children’s parade, Christmas movie and some tasty snacks at the Holiday Tree Trail! More details to come. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson,, 417.625.4750.

Monett, MO

December 8: Linn Thornton Toy Drive, 12 pm, Angus Branch Restaurant,114 Chapell Drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to receive a free lunch. Lunch sponsored by ASI.

Neosho, MO

December 3: Christmas Lighting of Big Spring Park, 6-9 pm, Big Spring Park. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy Christmas music prior to the lighting. Music performed by Neosho Christian School and the Proclamation Choir. Booths provided by the Neosho/Newton County Library, vocal performances beginning around 5:50 pm, a welcome and introduction by our host, The City of Neosho, followed by more vocal performances, the reading of the Christmas Story and the lighting of Big Spring Park with the Citizen of the Year throwing the big switch.

Pittsburg, KS

December 5: Holiday Market, 9 am-4 pm, The Barn At Timber Cove, 832 S. 250th St.

December 5: Handmade for the Holidays! Small Metals Workshop, 4-6 pm, ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway. Participants will use silver, copper and brass to design and fabricate either a pair of earrings or a pendant. Techniques to to be taught include sawing, filing, texture rolling, piercing, riveting and oxidize finishing. Class size limited to 8, ages 15 years and up. Fee: $45, payable at registration. All supplies provided.

Miami, OK

Miami Little Theatre Presents Miracle on 34th Street

December 3-6: 7 pm December 6 Sunday matinee: 2:30 pm • 103 N. Main St.

Miracle on 34th Street — By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for.

Miami Christmas Parade

December 5, 6-7 pm

MAEDS Industry Luncheon

December 10, 12-2 pm • 11 S. Main St.

Christmas Carols at the Coleman Theatre

December 11, 7-11 pm • 103 N. Main St.

Bring your family and friends! With entertainment for all ages, everyone will find more Christmas than they could hope for, and the audience will be a part of the entertainment as we “Follow the Bouncing Ball” for the group Christmas carol sing-along portions of the show. Various entertainers will be on hand to fill our hearts with the glow of the Christmas season.

A Big Band Christmas at the Coleman Theatre

December 12, 7-11 pm • 103 N. Main St.

The Coleman Theatre, Tulsa Praise Orchestra and FrontLine Singers present “A Big Band Christmas” at 7 pm Saturday, December 12. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children. The concert is part of the annual “Christmas At the Coleman” celebration. Special guest performers will be announced soon.

It’s a Wonderful Life Classic Movie at the Coleman

December 13, 2:30-5:30 pm • 103 N. Main St.

The Coleman Theatre continues its traditional holiday presentation of the classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life at 2:30 pm Sunday, December 13. George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all — and it’s Christmas! The presentation is part of the annual “Christmas At the Coleman” celebration. Tickets are only $5.

SIX in concert at the Coleman Theatre

December 19, 7:30-9:30 pm • 103 N. Main St.

Spend Christmas with SIX®, the showbiz spectacular filled with powerhouse vocals and high-octane energy of six multi-talented brothers who take musical entertainment to a whole new level. Let SIX® transport you from their regular season where they bring their best bits and fan favorites to a Christmas SIX-perience you and your family will remember for many Christmases to come!


Area Events

Pittsburg, KS

December 1: Trivia Night, 6:30 pm, The Jolly Fox Brewery, 301 S. Broadway St.

December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Trivia Night, 7 pm, Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Wednesday Night Country Dance Lessons, 7 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant/Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US-69.

December 8, 15, 22 & 29: Trivia Night, 6:30 pm, The Jolly Fox Brewery, 301 S. Broadway St.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main, 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickleball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm.

Carthage, MO

December 5: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.

December 5: Yoga 4 Kids w/Stacey Stiles, 11 am-12 pm. 121 E. 3rd St., Carthage. Fee: $5/child; parents free with child. Call 417.437.2389.

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit* Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

December: 1-31: Winter Holiday Season Online. Can you smell the evergreen boughs? It’s December and there is much anticipation about the holiday season! Although we cannot host Holiday Open House this year, follow our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) throughout the month for a series of stories about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the yule log and the historical significance of New Year’s Day for enslaved African Americans.  

December 5 & 6: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm (outdoor program). Teacher? Mentor? Friend? Regardless of his roles, George Washington Carver had a knack for inspiring others. Learn more about his influence on Tuskegee Institute students and his speaking tours, especially at white colleges/universities, which encouraged racial understanding and cooperation. 

December 19, 20, 26 & 27: George Washington Carver: A Man of Great Faith, 1 pm (outdoor program). Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, right here on the Moses Carver farm? Come hear how he learned to listen to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature, science and in the stillness of his early morning walks. 

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am–2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is also available, and orders may be placed Tuesdays at 8 pm until Thursdays at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,, 417.986.3914.

December 4: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, TBA. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

December 12: Joplin Memorial Run, 6:30 am. The Joplin Memorial Run was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22, 2011 tornado and to provide hope to the Joplin community while at the same time staging a first-class event that runners will come back for again and again. All races will begin in front of Memorial Hall at 8th & Joplin Street in downtown Joplin. Joplin Street is one block directly west of Main Street. visit

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

December 5: St. Nick’s Christmas Crafts for Kids, 1-3 pm. Free class for ages 2-12. Wildcat Village. Join us at Wildcat Village for an afternoon of crafts to bring out the holiday spirit. Each child will have the opportunity to make a few festive crafts. Santa’s workshop is free, but we need to make a list and check it twice, so please register by calling 417.708.7713 and leave a message, or email

December 9 & 12: Winter Birds: Preschool Connections, 10-11 am. Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassidy at Wildcat Village. The cold winds will soon be blowing, and our feathered friends will love coming to our yards to enjoy our feeders. We will have a story, sing a song and make a couple feeders that will draw those colorful feathered friends into our yards. Please dress warmly; part of our class will be held on the education cottage front porch. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

December 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, at Wildcat Glades Village. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Free. Sponsored by Peaceful Yoga by Amanda. Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids during these months they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

December 12: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 8:30-9:30 pm. Sponsored by Peaceful Yoga by Amanda. $10 fee to attend at Wildcat Glades Village for ages 16 and up. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help during these months where you might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

December 12: Chris Kringle Craft Station, 1-3 pm, Wildcat Glades Village. We supply the material and instruction; you supply the joy and laughter. This workshop is for kids and adults over 10, and space is limited as we try to social distance, so registration is required. There will be several festive crafts to choose from, geared toward adults or kids just in time for the holiday season. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

December 21: O Deer! 1 pm. Ages 7-12, Wildcat Glades Village. Missouri is home to some amazing creatures. One of our favorites is the whitetail deer. Join us to learn all the things that make deer incredible and create your own buck to hang on the wall. This class will be held inside and will be a great activity during winter break. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

Grove, OK



December 10-11: Catmasters, 7 am-3 pm, Grove Civic Center. This is a two-day tournament, and a winner will be decided by total weight from both days. For more information, go to


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Cultural Arts & Entertainment


December 3-6: MOSO Theatre Presents: Christmas with Little Women, 7:30 pm, (Sunday 2:30 pm). Description TBA. One of the performance’s dates will be available via livestream. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff and students until further notice. More information: Erick Wolfe,, 417.625.3044.

December 12: Heartland Opera Theatre Carols. Bring Heartland Opera Theatre (HOT) to you! Book a quartet of HOT carolers to serenade you during the most wonderful time of the year. Details about booking and pricing to come. More information: Heartland Opera Theatre,, 417.385.1454.

December 17-19: Heartland Opera Theatre Carols. Bring Heartland Opera Theatre (HOT) to you! Book a quartet of HOT carolers to serenade you during the most wonderful time of the year. Details about booking and pricing to come. More information: Heartland Opera Theatre,, 417.385.1454.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10:30 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Advance online ordering for curbside pickup is the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies! Online ordering begins Tuesdays at 8 pm and ends Thursdays at 8 pm and can be made at Curbside pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. More information:, 417.986.3914.

December 5: Post Art Library Holiday Tea Take-Home Kits, 10 am-noon at Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. In lieu of their annual in-person holiday tea event, Post Art Library (PAL) invites you to pick up a PAL Holiday Tea Take-Home Kit to enjoy at home! Participants can pick up kits in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library and admire TEA, a display of teacups, teapots and tea-related items in the library’s display cases. Each PAL Holiday Tea Take-Home Kit includes: one paper teacup and saucer, one paper napkin, one paper doily, one individually wrapped stirrer, two individually wrapped bags of tea, two individually wrapped creamers, two individually wrapped sugar packets, individually wrapped candies, and a bookmark. One kit per person. First come, first served while supplies last. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 6, 13, 20 & 27: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

December 8: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11am-noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Register at You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski,, 417.501.5550.

December 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm on Facebook or Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information:, 417.691.0480.


December 5-January 3: A Display of TEA, Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Looking for something to warm you up? Post Art Library has just the thing! Drop in during Joplin Public Library’s open hours to see A Display of TEA, featuring teacups, teapots and tea-related items from various local collections. Located in the library’s display cases, TEA will be on display from Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, January 3. Presented by Post Art Library inside Joplin Public Library. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street:

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information:, 417.680.5434.

December 11 & 19: Paint Your Pet, 6-9:30 pm. Celebrate your favorite pet by painting its portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

December 12: Family Paint: Making Christmas, 1-3 pm. An opportunity for the whole family to get creative and paint! Follow along with a studio artist to create this familiar scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29-$39. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

December 18: Ornament and Glass Painting, 7-9 pm. Prepare for the coming holiday season by decorating a festive wine glass or personalizing an ornament for your tree! Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to 3 hours of painting time; you can accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson, and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign up required; you can sign up at Local Color during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information:, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. More information:, 417.553.0835.

December 4: Paint a Christmas Ornament and Card with Joan Allen (ages 18+), 1-3 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Get into the holiday spirit with this fun class! Paint and personalize a Christmas ornament and card with experienced artist Joan Allen. All materials included. Please note: due to COVID-19, social distancing practices will be used and masks will be required. If needed, a free mask will be provided. Cost: $20 plus $10 non-refundable deposit upon sign up. More information: Joan Allen,, 573.714.8190.

December 10: Fused Glass Christmas Ornament Class with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 4-5:30 pm. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy… face masks? Join artist Jane McCaulley and create a fused glass face mask ornament for your Christmas tree, no experience needed! Examples of different ornaments will also be on hand for those who want to make other ornaments. Registration required. Reserve your spot in-person at Local Color Art Gallery or over the phone at 417.553.0835. All supplies provided. Cost: $35. More information: Jane McCaulley,, 417.649.1242.

December 11: Holiday Open House, 5:30-8 pm. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Enjoy refreshments while meeting Local Color’s award-winning artists and perusing spectacular art from the 17 local artists represented within the gallery. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, pyrography, wood turnings, sculpture, glass, jewelry and much more. Free and open to the public. More information: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.


December 12: Christmas Children’s Workshop Day (ages 6-10), 9-11:30 am & 1-3:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Why not celebrate with a fun and educational workshop at Joplin Little Theatre? More details, including registration date, to come. Cost: $25 per session, per child. More information: Cecie Fritz,, 417.623.3638.

Spiva Center for the Arts Galleries and Gift Shop Hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Through December 23: Spiva Holiday Bazaar, noon-4 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. The holidays are approaching quickly! Finish your shopping at Spiva Center for the Arts’ Holiday Bazaar, where you can buy original, handmade gifts from local artists. From jewelry and ornaments to woodworking and cards, there’s something for everyone on your list! Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.


Through December 16: Freedom Endeavor by Steve Snyder. Through artistic photography, audio and text media, Freedom Endeavor honors the people responsible for securing our freedoms and liberties while telling the stories of their time in the service. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated., 417.623.0183.

Through December 19: 73rd Membership Show. Back for its 73rd year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. This highly anticipated exhibit boasts almost 100 local artists, featuring a variety of mediums and styles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

December 14-January 12: K-12 Art Show. Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Description TBA. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley,, 417.625.9563.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30 am-noon. Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every second and fourth Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration required. This free event is open to all active military, reserve, National Guard, and veterans and their families. More information:, 417.623.0183.

December 5: Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 2-4 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Create a beautiful, fused glass ornament, perfect for the holiday season! No matter your level of adventure, you’re bound to enjoy creating with professional glass artist Jane McCaulley. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

Neosho MO:

November 18-January 2: JRAC: Renewal, Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave. Feeling worn out and run down? Find rejuvenation in the newest exhibit from Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC). Aptly named Renewal, the exhibit features work from local artists who strove to embody the concept of renewal in their artwork. Displayed pieces are available for purchase. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose,

 Health Events

Galena, KS

December 7: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

December 10: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

December 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

December 23: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

December 8: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

December 9 & 23: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

December 1: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

December 3: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, by appointment, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

December 8: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Please contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

December 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

December 9: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

December 15: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

December 16: Holiday Farmers Market, 4-7 pm, Freeman Hospital West Lobby. Holiday meats, veggies, cinnamon rolls, variety flavors of popcorn, cookies, cakes (some without sugar) and spices.

Freeman Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale December 3: 9 am – while supplies last, Freeman Gift Galleries at Freeman Hospital East and West and Freeman Business Center lobby. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. 417.347.4603.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

December 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

December 4: NRMC Foundation Tree of Shining Memories Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 pm, southeast corner of Vernon County Courthouse lawn. Purchase a light in memory of a loved one this holiday season. Memorials will be read aloud at the lighting ceremony and published in the Nevada Daily Mail December 26 (must be received by December 22) and published in the NRMC Main Lobby. To purchase a light, call 417.448.3801.

Caregiver’s Support Group: This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us, and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

December 5: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, virtual classroom via Zoom – free class. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB as available. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

December 15 & 17: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, virtual classroom via Zoom – free class. Two, 2-hour classes cover childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

December 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure, plus this month’s screening: Body Mass Index.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

December 10: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

December 10: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

December 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

Webb City, MO: aliceCBD – 530 N. East St., Suite A

December 2: MMJ Dr. Clinic, call 417.717.0614 to schedule or inquire about more details.

December 2:  Medical Marijuana Clinic, get legal, call to schedule or inquire about more details.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

December 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule: Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.

Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained crisis counselors. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU=our priority. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained crisis counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255